Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

PostBy: coalloser On: Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:55 pm

I thought I could share some of the mistakes I made in my rookie season of burning coal. Hopefully this could help some newbies down the road.

Losers log…..

-Never place the barometric damper right behind the stove. It will pull the heat from the stove and throw off the function of this device.
-While we are on the topic of the barometric damper, get or find yourself a manometer to set the weight. Playing with it by way of trial and error is just a waste of time.
-Buy coal from a respective dealer. And don’t be afraid to sample different dealers
-Don’t pull parts out of the stove because “you” think that it would burn better. They are there for reason…case in point my baffle dilemma
-Hotter temps are not always better.
-Placing a box fan in front of the ash pan vents is not the way to increase draft. It will do nothing but blow the heat from the stove right back at it
-When starting the stove, be patient….a butane torch will not fire up your coal any quicker than utilizing a well established wood fire
-If you are going to replace your gaskets, take the old ones with you. Unless you are that in tune with the size of your gaskets, making an assumption can really drive you crazy after you install….lets say a bigger size. Doing this offsets the seal around the load or ash door and can make you think you now have a different problem.
-Using lighter fluid to re-fuel an existing but dying fire is not a good idea.
-The stove and its parts are hot – real hot. Wear gloves. I have three nice battle burns on my hands
-Shaking too early in the burn can be detrimental to your fire
-Telling your wife that “just give me one more day, I’ll have this thing figured out,” well that is just a part of matrimony…correct?

You guys have been incredibly helpful. Coal burning is a science that just takes time and patience.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Stratford

Re: Lessons Learned

PostBy: Cyber36 On: Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:57 pm

Having the B.D. behind the stove is OK - in fact, that's where must are located. Having it installed CORRECTLY is another issue.....................
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Re: Lessons Learned

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:06 pm

Once you understand the science of the fire it then becomes an art of the burn!
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Re: Lessons Learned

PostBy: acesover On: Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:52 am

Ever see that movie Quest for Fire?
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Re: Lessons Learned

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:35 am

The Cape says "Once you understand the science of the fire it then becomes an art of the burn!"

Incredibly prolific statement if I may add, lots of science, like one side of the pile was not burning after putting in a new load with a low spot in the front of the side that was not burning, put a thin layer of coal over the low spot and blam, the side that was not previously burning started to wick those blues, think it was that the low spot was a easier path for the air to travel thru which kinda staved the other non burning area of air. Once that low spot was covered, there likely was a equal delta p thru the bed, so everything ignited, thats the SCIENCE that Cape noted!!!

A nice even pile left to right mounded uniformly really gives a nice uniform blue flame, also, FLOSS, FLOSS. I do this after putting in the new coal with ash door open to reignite the new coal, within those 1-3 minutes of ash door being open the darker spots are flossed to starting seeing the red. My flossing wire is not that long (wire bent 2 1/4" 90 degrees at end) This stops thru bed ash accumulations, to me this is my most important thing I've learned in the past weeks. Hope my opinions help,

Devilllll taught me this stuff. He's my Techie Mentor for Newbies, is there a category for that in the coaler of the year?

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